In the setting-the-record-straight department, the alleged rape at Northeast High School in Macon did not occur, according to police, who say now that the victim made up the story and that any sex that occurred in the school restroom was consensual.
All rape charges against the seven Northeast High School student suspects have been dropped, and instead the young woman has been charged with falsifying the report that she was raped.
Inconsistencies arose during the Macon police investigation of an alleged rape in a Northeast High School restroom Jan. 19. When police questioned the girl Friday, she admitted that she had made untrue statements to her mother and police.
She was charged with a felony, making false statements to law enforcement, and a misdemeanor, falsely reporting a crime.
Authorities have said sex acts did take place in the restroom. No further charges are anticipated against the teens, Winters said. Contacted Monday, Bibb school officials would not discuss disciplinary action for specific students, citing federal student privacy laws.
According to Bibb County’s student code of conduct, however, engaging in sexual conduct on campus is a Level V offense — the code’s most serious. Level V offenses require an office referral, parental notification and a conference with the student, an administrator and a parent or guardian.
Students may also face long-term suspension — more than 10 days — as well as referral to an alternative education program, expulsion and other consequences. Randy Howard, the system’s chief legal counsel, said he could not discuss details about how the school system generally handles other cases of sexual conduct on its campuses either, citing the same student privacy laws.
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog